My research involves defining the mechanisms and effects of chemical, biological and thermal degradation of wood and biocomposites. Wood and Biocomposite Science and their Engineering Properties.
Dr. Winandy specializes in forensic wood science, wood durability, engineering performance and bio-resource sustainability. He served as as Principal Wood Scientist in Engineering Properties from 1993-2001, then as Project Leader from 2001 to 2008, of the Engineered Composites Science at USDA Forest Products Laboratory. His research improved the processing and serviceability of wood-based and wood-plastic composite products and developed a better understanding of the relationships between changes in the chemical composition of wood and its strength loss caused by biological, chemical or thermal agents.
Guest lectures in BBE 4407/5407 and BBE 4412/5412 courses related to composite science, durability, and engineering
BBE 4355 Design of Timber Structures (formerly)
Modeling wood strength loss using both ultrasonic and visual/physical probing of biological decay. Also recent state-of-the-art reviews on the chemistry, mode-of-action and effects of fire-retardant treatments and of pre-preservative treatment incising and how to best model their respective mechanisms causing loss in the engineering properties of wood.